LOCAL farmers have the opportunity to visit a demonstration farm near Buffalo this Friday where a new machine, designed and built in South Gippsland, is being trialled.
Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms project manager at West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Tony Gardner, said improved soil health can play an important role in lifting farm productivity and profitability.
“One of the methods we’ve trialled is using the Soilkee Renovator to regenerate soils and increase the quality and yield of pasture.
“The machine works by aerating the soil, burying organic litter, top dressing and over-sowing leaving the majority of pasture intact.
“It’s simple but quite unique in the way it works.
“With a particularly dry lead up to winter some farmers are struggling with pasture production,” Mr Gardner said.
“Quatro Bras is a beef property which has seen positive results despite a challenging season.
“Particularly interesting was the way the treated area responded to limited summer rain.
“At the field day we’ll discuss the results to date and help farmers create strategies to identify what could be limiting production on their property,” Mr Gardner said.
If you are interested in attending the field day, contact Jenny O’Sullivan on 0419 153 377 or email sgln@landcare.net.
Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms is supported by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
For more information on the project and other demonstrations and trial sites visit www.wgcma.vic.gov.au
For more information on the Soilkee Renovator visit www.tradefarmmachinery.com.au